Submitting to the Sculptor

On the first day of school last year, I gave each one of my children a ziploc bag with playdough inside. At first, they were not sure what to think. The playdough was colorless and unimpressive, but I encouraged them to start squeezing the dough while it was still in the bag. As they did this, they began to grow in excitement. They quickly discovered the secret ingredient in each lump of dough. Hidden in the middle was food coloring and as they squeezed their playdough, the color spread revealing vibrant colors, all different, all beautiful.

I thought this would be a fun activity for the kids. I didn’t expect that their playdough would be a much loved aspect of their homeschool days! Throughout the year, we used their playdough to enhance different lessons, but they would also just play with it when I was reading to them.

But now, O Lord, you are our Father;
    we are the clay, and you are our potter;
    we are all the work of your hand. ~Isaiah 64:8

In scripture, the Lord is compared to a potter, humanity to clay. God shapes and fashions each one of us for a unique purpose. But somewhere along the way, we have to be willing to submit to the sculptor in our lives. Many of us choose not to trust God’s work in our lives and we stay colorless and shapeless, not carrying out the purpose for which we were intended. But when we trust ourselves to the Living God who created us with intention, we begin to see His purpose for us as He lovingly bends and pushes and stretches and pulls us into the person best suited to carry out His purposes.

This bending, stretching, pushing and pulling is painful at times. It is not an easy thing to place our lives into the hands of a potter. We won’t always see the purpose in the difficulties we face, but trusting God’s plan means that we continue to submit to His authority in our lives, knowing that He is a good Father.

If my kids had never squeezed their playdough, they would not have discovered the color inside. If we are unwilling to submit to the Sculptor, we will never discover the blessings He has prepared for us.

For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand, that we should walk in them. ~Ephesians 2:10

Submit is my “one word” for the year. It has not been easy to pray that I would submit, because releasing my perceived control is painful. But oh, it is also GOOD! I am beginning to see glimpses of the color inside, the purpose God has for me. Without a willingness to be pliable in His hands, I am not sure I would see this. Instead, I would be seeking glory for myself, not God’s glory. And so, I will choose to submit to my Sculptor!

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